As the daughter of a mother who has always put the needs of others above her own, I am always in search of gifts that would show the love and appreciation I feel for my mom. Wellness and self-care are high on my list, but I also know that spending time together is a big thing for my mom. Interestingly, as a mother of 3 little kids, I crave me-time and catching up on sleep. My mother, on the other hand, as I know a lot of mothers of grown kids do, values few things more than spending QT with her kids. Here are some simple, inexpensive ideas to combine a beauty gift with time together.
1) Give Mom a Hand Treatment
Who doesn’t love a great hand cream! Hand Creams are amongst the most popular Mother’s Day gift ideas, but you can turn a simple hand cream into a super relaxing experience for Mom. Next time you see her in person, sit down with her and give her a 5-minute massage. There are a ton of how-to’s online, including this one on Wiki: Want to take it even further? Prep your mother’s hands and lower arm with a gentle cream scrub you can just wipe off before following with a hand cream.
2) Found a Great Mask? Mask & Relax Together!
There is something incredibly relaxing about putting on a mask, maybe because it forces us to slow down a bit. Why not take a 10 minute break with you Mom, apply the mask and sit down with her with a cup of soothing herbal tea!
3) Enjoy a Home Made Jamu with Mom
What’s good for health and wellness is also good for outer beauty. Jamu, the ancient Indonesian herbal tradition goes back centuries, but you can easily re-create a simplified Jamu drink at home and enjoy with your Mom. Pour boiling water over a few slices of fresh turmeric and/ or ginger. Add lemon, honey and a dash of black pepper – voila! If fresh turmeric is hard to come by, just mix some turmeric powder with honey to create a paste and drop into a cup of hot water.
Check out this detailed recipe for a quick-and-easy Jamu!
4) Try Some Beginner Yoga Moves Together (or Tai Chi, Pilates, Stretches, etc.)
Perhaps your Mom already does Yoga. Maybe Tai Chi is more up her ally – It does not really matter, as long as it is simple for both of you and creates a shared experience that allows you to be present in the moment without any of the usual distractions.
Check out these beginner poses from Health Magazine.
Happy Mother’s Day!